Hong Kong Visas Made Easy

23

Apr 2018

Married to a PHKID Card Holder Overseas – the Hong Kong Visa Situation for the Foreign National Spouse

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 9 responses

Married to a PHKID Card Holder Overseas – There is quite a lot of confusion surrounding the question of immigration status in Hong Kong for foreign nationals who married their permanent ID card holder spouses overseas and who now wish to move to Hong Kong.

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This question, just in, provides an opportunity to clear it up once and for all. In the PodCast answer I refer to this DEPENDANT VISA INFORMATION resource.

QUESTION

“I am French and currently living in France.  My wife is from Hong Kong and holds a Permanent Hong Kong ID card. We were officially married in 2009 in France but have not registered our marriage in Hong Kong in any official way.

I would like to know, will it be possible if I arrive in Hong Kong in October of this year I can register our marriage in some way and then get a Hong Kong ID card or can I apply to work in Hong Kong in some other way?

And what kind of documents will I need and what is the time line to finish all of this?”

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19

Apr 2018

How Can I Extend My Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Easily Without Needing To Supply My Financial Performance Details Every Year?

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Since the Audit Commission Report Number 66 published in April of 2016, Hong Kong entrepreneur visa holders subject to a review of their business each time they seek to extend their stay, have got more of the same coming…

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QUESTION

Hi there,

It’s time for my Hong Kong entrepreneur visa renewal and I’m confused as to whether it is under the ‘General Employment’ section or not? I have a small business that allows me to freelance for one specific company. Is that General Employment?

For the last two years I have submitted an ID 91 form and subsequently had financial statements/business purpose outlines and more evidence of my contribution to Hong Kong along with staffing plans, etc. This will now be the third time that I’ve renewed and I’m wondering if there is anything I can do to simplify the process?

Many thanks,

ANSWER

In an business investment (entrepreneur) visa scenario, ImmD have 2 extensions tracks:

  1. Business review, and
  2. Admin extension

From your profile it seems you are on the business review track.

Once on the business review track you stay on it until ImmD are satisfied at each extension of stay exercise that you are making a substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong. Since the Audit Commission Report Number 66 of April this year, this, for all practical purposes, means the creation of local jobs.

Once they are satisfied that the requisite contribution to the economy of Hong Kong is being made, they will move you off the business review track and onto the admin track. Only then will life get simpler for you. Essentially, by keeping you on the business review track, ImmD are reserving the right to assess your progress annually – so there’s not much you can do other than try to build the business and create local jobs.

It’s just a fact of immigration life these days I’m afraid.

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17

Apr 2018

Divorced? How Can You Prove That You Have Lawful Custody of Minor Children if You Wish to Bring Them to Hong Kong to Live With You?

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

In a blended family situation, the question often arises about how to secure Hong Kong immigration status for children from a previous relationship…

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QUESTION

I’m a Korean married to a resident here, so eventually will have a dependant visa.

The question is, what is the process for getting a dependant visa for my 16-year old daughter from a previous marriage? 

We went to the Immigration Department and they asked for a “custody certificate?”

Where should and how should I get it? Please advise. Thank you very much.

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16

Apr 2018

The Experience of Being Denied Entry As A Visitor to Hong Kong

Posted by / in Musing, Visitor Visas / No responses

The experience of being denied entry as a visitor to Hong Kong…

Got this email in over the weekend. Good to share:Hi,

I travelled to Hong Kong on 12th on a PAR from India.

The immigration officer asked me for the duration of my stay. I told her I am in hong kong for 10 days on a holiday.

She asked me the following then –

1) Hotel bookings for 10 days

2) Day wise itinerary for 10 days.

3) Cash I was carrying

I replied the following –

1) I had booking for two days. I told her I did not book for 10 days in advance as I was not sure if the hotel will be good. I’ll check it out for two days if I like i will extend my stay there or book another hotel for the remainder of my stay.

2) I told her the places I am interested in seeing however I did not have the day to day itinerary planned out.

3) I was carrying $4500 in cash & my debit card which had more than enough money to cover my expenses.

They did not tell me for which exact reason they sent me back. I was told I can come back at any time when I am better prepared.

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09

Apr 2018

I Am Married to a PRC National and a Permanent Resident Here So How Can We Live Together in Hong Kong?

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

What impact does being a Hong Kong permanent resident have on being married to a PRC national presently resident on the Mainland?

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My friend is a British Passport Holder who is a Permanent Resident in Hong Kong for over 20 years

He married a mainland Chinese girl in Hong Kong and they now have a baby who was born in Hong Kong and now a British Passport Holder.

In what way can the wife apply for a dependent visa?  

The immigration rule says that mainland residents are not eligible to apply for this visa.

If my friend acquires Chinese Citizenship and gives up his British passport, can he then bring the wife to Hong Kong as a dependent?

 If not, what other ways?

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07

Apr 2018

How to Gee Up A Hong Kong Visa Application That is Taking a Long Time to Process

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 6 responses

First Published on October 18, 2012

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Whilst this question (along with the answer provided) discusses a dependant visa application, it does set the scene nicely for me to share with you how to go about prompting a response from the Immigration Department in an effort to keep your Hong Kong visa or other immigration application moving along swiftly.

QUESTION

“My husband and I submitted my application for a HK dependant visa back in August and received a confirmation of acceptance on the 25th of August. We expected it to be processed within 3-4 weeks due to the straightforward nature of our case (in our mind) or within 6 weeks at the most, as per your website’s timelines. However, the status of the application is still “in progress”.

A little bit about our situation. My husband is a Canadian national working for a law firm in HK; he moved out there in January 2011 (before we were married; we met in July 2010) and works there on an employment visa, has his HK ID card etc.

I am a Ukrainian national residing and working in Canada. I recently received my PR in Canada and previously had a number of student, post-study work and high-value migrant type of visas.

My husband and I never shared a property in Canada (so we have no bills evidencing our prior cohabitation) and I have only been out to see him in HK once since he left. However, he comes and visits me for a week every two months in Vancouver.

We are in a loving committed relationship so we decided to get married in Canada in order for me to be able to come and live with him in HK, on a dependant’s visa. We married on the 4th of July of this year and when he went back to HK and collected all the necessary documents (such as the rental agreement for the flat where he lives, an employer’s letter etc.). He submitted the application (along with the necessary supporting documents posted from Canada including my part of the application form) in the second week of August.

Could you please advise what should be our next step in order to speed up the application process?”

The Process to Follow as Discussed in the PodCast Answer

1 – Call HKID General Enquiry Hotline 2824 6111
2 – Follow the prompts to make an enquiry to speak to an officer.
3 – Quote your file reference number provided on your Official Receipt.
4 – They will then take your name and Hong Kong telephone number and connect with the Officer in charge of your case.
5 – Expect a call back from your case Officer (if you are in Hong Kong) within 48 hours.

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What visa options exist for unmarried, trailing partners?

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05

Apr 2018

Can I Do Business in Hong Kong Yet Live in Shenzhen to Save Costs & Commute Across the Boundary Each Day to Do My Business?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

Living in Hong Kong ain’t cheap, that’s for sure…

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I’m an Australian and British citizen currently living in Australia and I want to found a technology Startup company in Hong Kong because the government incentives seem very attractive to do so.

The downside is that housing is ultra-expensive in Hong Kong and paying this will deplete my resources far quicker than I’d like, effectively nullifying any government incentives and then some!

Is it possible to live over the border in Shenzhen, travel into Hong Kong everyday for work, still be employed by my Hong Kong company and take advantage of all the benefits that are bestowed on it?

I’m likely to be doing significant business with the mainland, so need an option that allows me the flexibility to cross the border often without too much impediment while staying on the right side of the law!

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